Thanks to Artificial Intelligence, The Beatles are coming back with one final song! In a groundbreaking fusion of technology and music, iconic musician Sir Paul McCartney just revealed that he has utilized AI to bring back to life the voice of John Lennon to complete what McCartney refers to as “the final Beatles record.”
McCartney was able to extract Lennon’s vocals from an old demo by using AI, opening up new possibilities for blending past and present in the music industry.
The song, whose title is yet to be disclosed by Paul McCartney, holds great significance for The Beatles fans worldwide. Speculation suggests that the track is “Now And Then,” a song John Lennon wrote in 1978. McCartney received the demo from Lennon’s spouse, Yoko Ono, in 1994.
"When we came to make what will be the last Beatles record… We were able to get John's voice through AI."
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“Now And Then” once was considered for the Beatles’ Anthology series, documenting their successful career. However, technical issues and poor recording quality led to its eventual abandonment. With the advancements in AI and the successful application of technology in music restoration, McCartney could accomplish what had been deemed impossible in previous years.
Artificial Intelligence Brings Back The Beatles – How did it happen?
The breakthrough happened during the production of Peter Jackson’s documentary, “Get Back,” where dialogue editor Emile de la Rey harnessed AI’s power to separate the Beatles’ voices from background noise and instrumental tracks.
This revolutionary method inspired Paul McCartney to embark on the journey of completing the long-lost Lennon song. To bring the piece to life, Sir Paul McCartney and his team used AI algorithms to isolate Lennon’s original vocals from the 1970s recording, which had imperfections and technological limitations.
Not only McCartney and his team managed to deliver the final track of the Beatles, but previously, the AI-driven process allowed Sir Paul to “duet” with Lennon during his recent tour, and it facilitated the creation of new surround sound mixes for the Beatles’ “Revolver” album last year.
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On the other hand, Paul McCartney knows the potential and the problems related to using AI in music creation. While AI can help complete unfinished songs and enable collaborations with deceased artists, McCartney stressed the need to differentiate between AI-generated content and genuine performances by living artists.
Moreover, the ongoing ethical debate around ownership rights and the use of AI in music production presents challenges.
Paul McCartney’s innovative application of Artificial Intelligence to complete The Beatles record showcases the profound impact of technology on the music industry. By harnessing AI’s power to bring back John Lennon’s voice, McCartney has bridged the gap between the past and present, offering us a unique opportunity to experience the magic of the Fab Four again.
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